A Force More Powerful

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A Force More Powerful
A Force More Powerful poster.jpg
Directed bySteve York[1]
Written bySteve York[1]
Produced bySteve York
Dalton Delan, Jack DuVall[1]
CinematographyPeter Pearce[1]
Edited byJoseph Wiedenmayer[1]
Music byJohn Keltonic[1]
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
110 minutes (1999 film) 154 minutes (2000 PBS series)
CountryUnited States

A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series written and directed by Steve York about nonviolent resistance movements around the world. Executive producers were Dalton Delan and Jack DuVall.[1][2] Peter Ackerman was the series editor and principal content advisor.

Institutional support for the film included funding from the United States Institute of Peace and the Albert Einstein Institution.[3]

The film played in festivals worldwide and was broadcast nationally on United States television network PBS in September 2000. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program.[4]

The series explores six successful nonviolent movements in the 20th century, including Mohandas Gandhi's leadership of the Indian Independence movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the boycotts in the Eastern Cape Province as part of the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, the Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, the Polish Solidarity Movement, and the Chilean democracy movement to oust Augusto Pinochet.[5]

A Force More Powerful is also the name of the companion book to the PBS series, authored by DuVall and Peter Ackerman,.[2] In the Acknowledgments section of the book, the authors name Steve York as their most-cited source. The book was published with Palgrave Macmillan[6] and has been recognized as an important resource for peace education.[7]

In 2006, the team behind the film, TV series and book released a nonviolent video game developed by Breakaway Games with the same title. The video game was designed to teach the waging of conflict using nonviolent methods. Ivan Marović, one of the leaders of the Serbian student movement called Otpor!, was one of the designers.[8] A turn-based strategy game, it consists of ten pre-built scenarios and an editing system that will allow players to create scenarios of their own.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Koehler, Robert (1999-11-11). "A Force More Powerful (Documentary)". Reed Elsevier Inc. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ a b "International Center on Nonviolent Conflict - Who We Are". International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-08-06. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  3. ^ "A force more powerful - a century of nonviolent conflict". 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  4. ^ 2000 Emmy Award List of Nominees, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ John Leonard New York magazine, Video Nonviolence, Sept 18, 2000, http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/tv/reviews/3774/
  6. ^ Ackeman, P. and DuVall, J. (2000) A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.ISBN 978-0-312-24050-9. [1]
  7. ^ Page, James S. (2008) Peace Education: Exploring Ethical and Philosophical Foundations. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing. pp. 84, 107. ISBN 978-1-59311-889-1. [2][3]
  8. ^ NPR Interview,https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5342543
  9. ^ Rusel de Maria, Gamasutra, Taking A Look at A Force More Powerful, December 1, 2005, http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2474/taking_a_look_at_a_force_more_.php

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